SACRAMENTO (AP) — Attorney General Kamala Harris says she has reduced the backlog in a unique California program that lets authorities seize firearms from those no longer allowed to own them.
However, a backlog of nearly 13,000 gun owners remains even after state lawmakers gave her an additional $24 million three years ago to get rid of it.
All bought firearms legally but were later convicted of a felony or a violent misdemeanor, became subject to a domestic violence restraining order or were determined to be mentally unstable.
The extra money runs out this year. Harris wants lawmakers to make the funding permanent.
She said Monday that the program needs the money due to changes including a new law that lets family members have guns seized if they question a relative’s mental stability.